Articles By Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale Primary category in which blog post is published

Opioid Overdoses Keep Surging in Chicago, Killing Black People On The West Side

Half of Cook County’s confirmed opioid-related deaths have been among Black residents, even though they make up less than a quarter of the county’s population. Officials warn that the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed the crisis.

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Overdose Deaths Have Skyrocketed in Chicago, And The Coronavirus Pandemic May Be Making It Worse

Opioid-related deaths in Cook County have doubled since this time last year, and similar increases are happening across the country. “If you’re alone, there’s nobody to give you the Narcan,” said one coroner.

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What Happens When The Workers Who Make Hand Soap Get COVID-19? They Protest.

After a worker at a beauty supply factory near Chicago died of COVID-19, her former co-workers staged a protest. But they didn’t seek help from OSHA. They sought help from a new advocate: the state attorney general’s office.

Bronzeville, Near South Side Primary category in which blog post is published

At Least 37 Children At A Chicago Shelter For Immigrant Detainees Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

A coronavirus outbreak at a Heartland Alliance facility on Chicago’s South Side may be the largest outbreak of the virus in any shelter for immigrant youth in the country.

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‘Essential’ Factory Workers Are Afraid To Go To Work And Can’t Afford To Stay Home

As some Illinois factories and warehouses stay open making supplies amid the coronavirus outbreak, workers say standing elbow to elbow in production lines and clocking in with fingerprint scanners could make them sick.

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Hundreds of Thousands Of Chicago Motorists Could Receive Debt Relief From Vehicle Sticker Tickets As The City Expands Reform

Attention, Chicago motorists: You have until Oct. 31 to buy a city sticker and then qualify for a new debt forgiveness program.

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park Primary category in which blog post is published

Immigrant Children Sent To Chicago Shelters Are Traumatized And Sick, In Some Instances With Chicken Pox or Tuberculosis

Hundreds of children are being detained in shelters run by Heartland Human Care Services, which says it has made changes since allegations that children were neglected and mistreated.

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Chicago Can’t Hold Impounded Vehicles After Drivers File for Bankruptcy, Court Says

A federal appeals court said the city’s aggressive legal strategy violated the basic protections of bankruptcy.

Downtown Primary category in which blog post is published

Chicago Throws Out 23,000 Duplicate Tickets Issued Since 1992 To Motorists Who Didn’t Have Vehicle Stickers

Motorists in black and low-income neighborhoods see the highest rate of ticketing for vehicle sticker violations, including duplicates.